Our work in the area of K-12 digital technologies (computer science) education is a combination of both research and outreach. Previously computing has more formally been taught at senior or post-secondary levels, however, with a global drive to provide every child an opportunity to develop computational thinking skills and the chance to be creators of digital technologies, we have seen computing introduced in curricula as early as the first year of school. This is an exciting period, yet also raises challenges in terms of developing understandings about effective K-12 computing education pedagogy, the availability of learning and teaching resources, as well as the preparation of teachers to implement the new learning area.
In partnership with national and international educators and industry, we are currently exploring appropriate pedagogy, in terms of teacher professional development as well as appropriate pedagogy and learning activities for K-12 computer science, computational thinking and programming. Our efforts are aimed at contributing to this field of research and practice and to support teachers in primary and secondary schools to meet the challenges introduced by new computing curriculum, both within Australia and internationally.
To register and/or view the available online free teacher professional development courses (MOOCs) that align with the Australian Digital Technologies curriculum, please visit our MOOC site at: http://csdigitaltech.appspot.com
Career development education can play a critical role in shaping students’ career and study choices, especially regarding STEM study and careers. This brings us to question, what is Australia’s current career development landscape? We had Daniel Ng, a Computer Science student, work with us at the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) on a Summer Research project to investigate this […]
We would like to invite teachers to participate in an online survey about assessment for the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. We would like to learn about teacher confidence, experience and perceptions to help us understand how we can best support teachers to assess student learning. Please follow the link for more information. You will have the […]
Our free webinar “Approaches to Support Assessment of the Digital Technologies Curriculum” with Dr Rebecca Vivian and Martin Richards is now available to watch at your convenience on the Digital Technologies Hub. In this one-hour webinar, Rebecca shares an assessment framework designed to support teachers with the interpretation of the ACARA Digital Technologies achievement stands and with approaches to designing […]
On the 30th of March, 2017, a room full of leaders in business, education, and STEM organisations gathered to hear the latest findings from Dr Vivian and Ms Chapman’s international STEM Fellowship Report. In 2016, two Barbara Cail STEM Fellowships were made available nationally, funded by the Australian Government (Office for Women, Department of the Prime […]
A paper exploring the activity-basis of our CSER Foundations-6 MOOC has been accepted for Latice 2017. This paper provides an overview of the MOOC content, exploring examples of what computational thinking can look like within a K-6 context. Katrina Falkner, Rebecca Vivian and Nickolas Falkner, Supporting Computational Thinking Development in K-6. Accepted for Latice 2017. This […]
In 2015, we released a blog post that looked at enrolment trends in Information Technology and Engineering courses. We were motivated to do this due to the introduction of the new Digital Technologies learning area within the Australian Curriculum, and the belief that despite Digital Technologies and associated industries representing 16% of the Australian GDP, that Higher […]
We are continuing our collaborative research relationship with Google Australia through a new research contract supporting us in a deep data analysis of our community-based MOOCs, designed to further our analysis into successful MOOC models for professional learning within Computer Science. K. Falkner, R. Vivian and T. Atapattu, Understanding the relationship between social community formation and […]
K-10 Computer Science (CS) Education is a new domain with very limited resourcing in respect of assessment. The Australian Digital Technologies and Learning Forum (2015) acknowledged assessment as a critical area for further work, and our recent review of available K-12 Computer Science education resources identified that assessment was one key area where resource development was required […]
An analysis of our work on the CSER MOOC project has been accepted for SIGCSE 2017. In this project, we have constructed an open MOOC for K-6 teachers to help them develop knowledge and skill in Digital Technologies, the new Australian Curriculum learning area addressing fundamental computer science requirements. In this paper, we describe the […]
Dr Rebecca Vivian has been awarded a Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship. The Fellowships are a highly prestigious award from the Australian Government, funded through a partnership between Chief Executive Women (CEW) and the Office for Women within the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Only two awards are awarded nationally for this Fellowship scheme. Ms […]